Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight Twitter
QB - #1 25.15 CAR Active 5 years 27 6'5 245 @CameronNewton

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Dec-12-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/12): The greatness of Cam has been impressive in two of the last three games (five TDs). Last week he threw for a season high 331 yards with another 49 on the ground. Game score was a big factor in his success. Newton is on pace for 3,729 passing yards, 43 combined TDs, and 635 rushing yards. Last season he had 487 combined yards and four TDs in two games against the Falcons. Atlanta is 3rd in the league in QB Fantasy defense, with only one team scoring over 30 Fantasy points (seven fewer than 20 Fantasy points - 14 passing TDs). His projection came up shorter than expected. His success points to more upside, but his end results may fall below the top QBs in Week 14.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/3): Newton projects as the No.1 QB in Week 13 with the Saints ranking last in the league defending QBs (298.7 passing yards and 2.9 TDs per game). In Week 3 Newton threw for a season high 315 yards, with three combined TDs against New Orleans. He has 27 combined TDs, while averaging 224 passing yards and 39 rushing yards per game. He has four games with three combined TDs or more. I expect Newton to be very attractive this week with his downside possibly tied to the Panthers having success running the ball.

UPDATE (9/30): With such a poor supporting cast, Cam Newton has been forced to play a larger role in the Panthers' offense. At this pace, Newton could set career highs across board both as a runner and passer. His rushing totals over three games (144 yards and two scores) are providing a huge boost to his Fantasy production. At this rate, he is a lock to finish in the top five at his position.

Cam missed the first game of the 2014 season after suffering a minor rib fracture in late August. Later in the year, Newton missed a second game after suffering a back injury in a car crash. He carried the ball only 14 times for 42 yards over the first four games as he was still nursing his injured rib. He picked up the pace in Week 6, rushing 17 times for 117 yards and one touchdown. On the year, Cam had only one 300-yard passing game and two games with at least three combined scores. Newton has averaged only 30.6 pass attempts per game over the past three years, which is about 12.5 percent below the league average. His rushing touchdown total has declined each season all the way down to five in 2014. He set the NFL world on fire as a rookie in 2011 when he threw for 4,051 yards, ran for 706 more and scored 35 total TDs. The growth of the Panthers' defense has turned Cam into more of a game manager. The key to his Fantasy value will always be what he does with his legs. He doesn't have a great offensive line and has boring talent at the RB position. He really needs Devin Funchess to develop quickly and possibly get consistent contributions from the No. 3 wideout. With a full season of health, Newton should have no trouble passing for 3,500-plus yards with at least 600 yards rushing. That combination translates to 4,700 passing yards in most Fantasy scoring systems. Cam has an excellent chance of notching at least 28 TDs. Despite finishing last season as Fantasy's No. 17 QB, he has an opportunity to land inside the top six because of his mobility. As the 11th QB selected and with an ADP of 78 early in the draft season, Newton looks like a nice value choice.

Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton
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2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
8.04 The Fantasy Executive - I think Cam returns to a Top 8 fantasy quarterback this season. Newton is a quarterback and RB 2 wrapped up in one. (Comments Added Sat Aug 8 3:27:53 p.m. ET 2015)
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